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War of 1812: A Resource Guide

The Library's collections contain a wide variety of materials related to the War of 1812, a conflict between the U.S. and Great Britain. This guide compiles digital materials at the Library of Congress, external websites, and a selected print bibliography


The War of 1812 (1812-15) was fought between the United States and Great Britain, primarily over the impressment of American sailors by the British Navy, as well as disagreements over trade, western expansion, and Native American policy. The war ended inconclusively after three years of fighting. On December 24, 1814, the Treaty of Ghent was signed, officially ending the war.

The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with the War of 1812, including manuscripts, broadsides, pictures, newspaper articles, and government documents. This guide compiles links to digital materials related to the War of 1812 that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to subscription databases, external websites focusing on the War of 1812, and a bibliography containing selections for both general and younger readers.